As you are reading this post, I am sitting here pregnant with my fourth baby. Most of my family doesn’t even know about this yet and I’m almost 8 weeks pregnant at the moment.
We were not planning on having another baby, so this was a complete surprise to me and my husband! And to be completely honest with my readers, I’m still in shock about the whole thing! I was not prepared to have another baby and gave most of my baby stuff away.
As I sit here, 8 weeks pregnant, I’m in desperate need of getting all of the first-trimester pregnancy favorites that I couldn’t live without my last 3 pregnancies! I went through my closet looking for my old belly bands and found one completely stretched out that I desperately need to replace!
I’m already showing way earlier with my fourth baby than I did with my other three. From what my friends tell me that have 4 kids, they say your body just knows what to do quicker, so you show faster. I just wasn’t expecting the need to pull out the belly band yet!
I’m also nauseous and already need my usual ginger ale, peppermint oil, and lemon drops to get me through the day!
So, here I will share with you the first-trimester pregnancy favorites that have helped me get through 4 pregnancies! These pregnancy must-haves made the tough first trimeter smooth and I wish I NEVER got rid of them!
I’ll be shopping on Amazon buying them all today!
Morning Sickness Relief
This is a big one for me. I struggled with morning sickness through all 3 of my previous pregnancies and it just started again with my fourth. These are my go-to remedies to help fight morning sickness!
I have no time for morning or all day sickness with 3 other kids and work!
Click the photos below to find out where to buy them:
Lemon & Ginger Drops:
Preggie Pop Drops
For some reason, cinnamon gum has been able to help me in a pinch. I keep these in my car or my purse at all times. Peppermints also seem to help but something about the cinnamon is stronger and calms my stomach for a bit.
Sea Band Bracelet for Nausea:
Peppermint Essential Oil for Nausea:
I love my essential oils and have used them for so many things! You can read how they help boost my family’s immune system here!
Lemon and peppermint essential oil are great for nausea during pregnancy. They are safe to use if handled properly and can help calm your stomach and nerves.
Here are some great ways to use lemon and peppermint oil for nausea during pregnancy:
- Add about 3 drops of peppermint oil in some coconut oil and rub some on the bottoms of your feet.
- Add 3 drops of peppermint oil to your diffuser and the scent with help calm your nausea. If you don’t have peppermint, use lemon or grapefruit essential oil and these oils can also help and smell wonderful!
- Add 1-2 drops of Lemon oil in a cup of water and sip on throughout the day.
I personally only use Young Living Essential oils and love them because they are 100% pure and you can save your money by getting their starter kits. To learn more about the starter kits, click here.
Here are some other great essential oils you can get on Amazon as well:
Ginger ale for morning sickness:
I buy a case of ginger ale and basically sip on it throughout the day. The carbonation helps with nausea and has always seemed to calm my upset stomach. Yes, this is an old remedy but it comes in handy when water and anything else makes you sick! I always reach for the ginger ale!
Some days I get sick of the ginger ale and want something different, these sodas below have been wonderful to sip on throughout the day when I can’t handle a lot of water!
Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks
I’ve used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for stretch marks through 3 pregnancies and each time it worked like magic! I literally go through a tub of it a month.
There are so many other stretch mark products on the market that claim to work but don’t believe all their hype!!
This stuff has been around for a long time…and for good reason!
You can read more about exactly how I used it and why I believe it worked to prevent my stretch marks through 3 pregnancies here, or click the photo below.
Best Prenatal Vitamins
This one seems obvious to be on the list. Yet, it’s hard to choose which prenatal vitamins are the right one for you!
Here are two of my favorites that have helped me get the best vitamins I need without feeling constipated or sick to my stomach.
Belly Band Support Belt
Depending on your body type, you may get away using a belly band for all of your pregnancy! I loved using belly bands and am so sad I got rid of mine and have to buy more!
Belly bands helped me wear all of my pants and jeans without having to buy maternity pants for a few months! These are comfortable and you wear them over the top of your regular jeans or pants but unzip/unbutton them and place your belly band over the top. The band holds your pants up for you and makes them secure and comfortable to wear.
Here are some of my favorites below:
Another option is using a waistband extender. These are also great for the first trimester! If you aren’t a fan of your entire belly being covered up and just want your pants buckled, this waist extender below is perfect for you!
Best Maternity Leggings for First Trimester
You might be able to get away with your old legging for a few weeks and roll the top down, but let’s face it, you need a good pair of comfortable maternity leggings.
If you buy one or two good pairs you can wear them so many times with so many different outfits and still be comfortable and look cute!
Here are a few of my favorite maternity leggings that helped me rock my pregnancy and also the postpartum months.
Since I’ve had 3 c-sections already, I needed a soft pair of leggings to wear postpartum that wouldn’t aggravate my incision. That’s when I pulled out my maternity leggings because they were soft enough and protected my incision when I wasn’t able to wear anything with zippers for a while.
Sensitive Skin Face Wash
I don’t know about you, but during my first trimester, my skin is super sensitive! With all four of my pregnancies, I’ve had to switch from my regular beauty routine and face creams to something much more gentle.
To be honest, I actually forgot that my face gets really sensitive and just last week I had the extra time to wash my face at night and put on some night cream and serum. (Most nights this doesn’t happen because I’m so tired with 3 kids!)
However, the next morning I woke up in hives and was all red and super itchy! 😩
I’ve been using this night cream and serum for months and no reaction like that at all and then it dawned on me, I’m pregnant and my skin hates everything my first trimester!
This happened with my very first pregnancy and my doctor told me the only thing I could use was Cetaphil face wash and cream or plain old coconut oil. I still use coconut oil to wash my face from time to time anyway but no extra night creams or serums for me for the next few months, that’s for sure!
So, if you have sensitive skin during pregnancy like me, try these products below and your skin will love you again!
A Good Concealer
If you do happen to be breaking out, then you’ll need a great concealer to hide those blemishes. I swear by iT Cosmetics concealer and I’ve tried a ton of them! This will also come in handy after you have the baby and are exhausted!
This concealer below makes your dark circles disappear and covers up anything else you want to hide!
Once you have the baby, stop back here and read about the Best Beauty Products for Busy and Exhausted Moms! 👇🏻
Magnesium Oil For Pregnancy Headaches
I get a lot of pregnancy headaches during my first trimester. There are three major things I use to battle my headaches naturally when I can’t take anything for them. They are magnesium oil, cayenne pepper, and peppermint oil.
These three things along with a combination of other tips help fight me pregnancy headaches fast!
To learn more about the 9 Surefire Ways to Naturally Treat Pregnancy Headaches, click here or the photo below!
For those mamas who have a tough time sleeping at night, especially during the end of pregnancy, do yourself a favor and get a great pregnancy pillow! I’ve been nauseous at night the last two weeks and laying on a comfortable pregnancy pillow knocks me right out once I hit the bed!
These are designed just for our pregnant bodies and will help you relax and get through every trimester so stock up on one now!
You’ll thank me later!
Most prenatal vitamins don’t have a probiotic in them and many prenatal vitamins do have iron in them which may make you constipated. Being constipated during pregnancy is no picnic!
Probiotics help keep your gut healthy which means it will help boost your immune system and fight off any nasty infections, colds, or viruses going around. It also aids in improving your digestive system so it will help keep things moving along and keep you from getting constipated!
Always consult your doctor for any questions or concerns you may have first.
Here are a few of my favorite probiotics below:
Infused Water Bottle
Drinking a lot of water throughout pregnancy is so important! Your body needs extra fluids throughout the day now more than ever before! I love these infused water bottles because I can add some lemon and limes in my water and they help to calm my nausea and keep me hydrated all day long!
These water bottles are BPA free and perfect for a long day at the office, running around with the kids to practices on a Saturday, or just heading to the gym!
You’ll be happy you got one because it helps your water taste so good, you want to drink it all day!
Here are a few of my favorites below:
Safe Coffee during Pregnancy
First of all, I’m a bit of an espresso snob. I LOVE my espresso. I work every morning of my life at 4 am so espresso is super duper important to me!
However, I’m pregnant and have to give it up. The first week or two was hard but once I got nauseous, I couldn’t drink much of my espresso anyway.
So, what did I do?
I got Mommee Coffee! It’s literally coffee made for pregnant and breastfeeding moms! It’s low acid so gentle on your stomach and half the caffeine. It actually tastes really good too so you’ll want to drink it!
Mommee coffee has 4 different levels of caffeine so you can decide which one is right for you!
If this is your first pregnancy, you’ll want to make sure you go out and get yourself What To Expect When You’re Expecting book. This is a must have for every new mother. It goes into detail about how your body changes each week and what to prepare for.
If you’re a mama who’s a little bit more on the crunchy side and would like to know as much as possible about having a natural birth, then this pregnancy and childbirth book by Mama Natural is a MUST HAVE!
I actually have both of these books here and they’ve both helped me out tremendously!
I hope these first-trimester pregnancy favorites of mine help some of you survive your first trimester! Let me know in the comments of any other pregnancy must-haves that have helped make your first few months of pregnancy go smoother!
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